There are nine Arkansas Department of Correction inmates serving prison time for felonies committed in Clark County who are eligible for parole in August 2022. The Arkadelphian includes mugshots when they are available. They are:
Daniel A. Churchwell
Daniel Churchwell, 27, is serving a three-year sentence at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit for convictions of breaking or entering and theft of property. He has been in the prison system since June 2022 and is eligible for parole on Aug. 15.
Valeto Hendrix, 50, is serving a five-year sentence at the East Arkansas Regional Unit for a Clark County conviction of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced as a habitual offender. Hendrix also has a Pulaski County conviction of possession of a firearm by a certain person. He has been incarcerated since February 2020 and is eligible for parole on Aug. 26.
Marcus Jackson, 31, is serving a five-year sentence at Benton Work Release. Jackson was sentenced in Clark County on charges of first-degree false imprisonment, second-degree domestic battering and second-degree battery. He also has convictions in Drew County for breaking or entering and theft of property, and in Garland County for theft by receiving. He is eligible for parole on Aug. 15.
Christopher Lawson, 48, is serving a 15-year sentence at the Wrightsville Unit for second-degree battery, theft and drug charges in Hot Spring County. He has prior criminal history in Clark County for residential burglary and theft of property. He is eligible for parole beginning Aug. 1.
Fredrick Leeper, 58, is serving a five-year sentence at the Randall L. Williams Correctional Facility for a 2020 conviction in Clark County of breaking or entering and fleeing. He was charged as a habitual offender. Leeper is eligible for parole on Aug. 21.
Tommy Pennington, 28, is serving a five-year sentence at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit for a 2021 Pike County conviction of commercial burglary and criminal mischief. Pennington has a prior criminal history in Clark County for terroristic threatening. He becomes eligible for parole on Aug. 8.
Harry D. Post
Harry Post, 57, is serving a 30-year sentence at the Cummins Unit for a 2003 Clark County conviction of attempted murder and terroristic threatening. He also has criminal history in Pike County for arson charges and Nevada County for drug-related charges. Post became eligible for parole on Aug. 1.
Joshua W. Rutherford
Joshua Rutherford, 40, is serving a two-year sentence at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit for a 2022 conviction of possession of a controlled substance and failure to register. He is eligible for parole on Aug. 16.
Joseph D. Whitworth
Joseph Whitworth, 36, is on the Ouachita County waiting list to serve a 15-year sentence for a 2016 conviction of manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a certain person and drug-related charges. He is eligible for parole on Aug. 16.
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Joshua W. Rutherford’s crime of “failure to register” refers to the sex offender registry. It seems like he didn’t show up to confirm his residency. He’s originally on the registry for “SEXUAL ABUSE – 1ST DEGREE”, but I couldn’t find any court records for that.
I dug deeper and found him listed as a “VIOLENT” sex offender in Tennessee for the same crime, stated as occurring in 2001, but in another state. I also found him registered in Illinois for “CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT/VICTIM 13-17” and “VICTIM WAS 12 YEARS OF AGE.” For “County of Conviction” they list “AR”, so I assume that means he raped a 12 year-old in Arkansas.
He’s clearly an evil man who should be denied parole in order to keep children safe. In my opinion, they should’ve gave him life in prison or the death penalty back in 2001.